The following information was last updated on 06 April 2017.

Description of the business

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The names of the directors and biographical details

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Directors’ Responsibilities

As an AIM-listed company, the Company is not required to comply with any specific requirements for corporate governance procedures. Nevertheless, in considering its own arrangements for governance, the Company has regard, so far as is practicable and appropriate for a company of its size and nature, to the provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code, and to the recommendations of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA). The key elements of the Company’s corporate governance arrangements are described below.

The Board conducts an annual review of the Company’s Corporate Governance Code to ensure it is reflective of, amongst other things; any recent legislative changes, the UK Corporate Governance Code, the recommendations of the Quoted Companies Alliance and the economic and social environment within which the Company operates.

A key element of the Company’s Corporate Governance strategy was the creation of the audit and remuneration committees which each fulfil an important role as an independent check and balance to the executive decision making process. Each of these committees are composed of, and chaired by, the independent non-executive directors of the Company.

The Audit Committee’s role is to assist the Board with the discharge of its responsibilities in relation to financial reporting including reviewing the Group’s Annual Report and Accounts and half-year financial statements, reviewing and monitoring the scope of the annual audit and the extent of non-audit work undertaken by external auditor, advising on the appointment of the external auditor and reviewing the effectiveness of the internal audit function, internal controls, whistleblowing and fraud systems in place within the Group.

The Audit Committee meets at least three times in each financial year and has unrestricted access to the Group’s external auditor.

During the year the Audit Committee comprised Graeme Bissett (Chair), Miriam Greenwood and Willie MacDiarmid. Meetings are also attended, by invitation, by the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Internal Audit.

The Remuneration Committee will review the performance of the executive directors and make recommendations to the Board on matters relating to their remuneration and terms of service. The Remuneration Committee will also make recommendations to the Board on proposals for the granting of share options and other equity incentives pursuant to any employee share option scheme or equity incentive plans in operation from time to time. The Remuneration Committee will meet as and when necessary. In exercising this role, the Directors shall have regard to the recommendations put forward in the QCA Guidelines and, where appropriate, the Corporate Governance Code guidelines. The Remuneration Committee comprises of Willie MacDiarmid, Miriam Greenwood (as Chairperson) and Graeme Bisset.

The Nomination Committee is chaired by Willie MacDiarmid and also comprises Alan Foy, Miriam Greenwood and Graeme Bisset. The Nomination Committee considers the selection and re-appointment of Directors. It identifies and nominates candidates to fill Board vacancies and regularly reviews the structure, size and composition (including the skills, knowledge and experience) of the Board and makes recommendations to the Board with regard to any changes.

Country of incorporation and main Country of operation

SMS Plc is registered in Scotland under Company Number SC24767 and has its registered office at 2nd Floor, 48 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TS. SMS Plc’s main area of operations is the UK.

To download our Articles of Incorporation, click here.

Major Shareholdings

SMS plc’s issued share capital is 112,495,800 ordinary shares of 1p each.

There are no restrictions on the transfer of the Company’s shares.

Shareholder Percentage Shareholding
Old Mutual Global Investors (UK) Ltd 12.44%
Liontrust Asset Management 8.77%
Alan Foy 6.39%
River & Mercantile Asset Management 5.81%
Hargreave Hale 5.28%
Stephen Timoney 4.09%
Abdiel Capital Management LLC 4.03%
Standard Life Investments 4.03%
Aberdeen Asset Management 2.97%
Legal & General Investment Management 2.81%

There are no other exchanges or trading platforms on which SMS Plc securities are trading.

SMS Plc is subject to the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.

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